Posted by psgels on 1 August 2009 with categories: Canaan



Yeah, I’m going to stop blogging this series after this episode. I’m going to be putting it under “sporadically updated” in case something peculiar does happen, but so far it’s really been much of the same: excellent graphics, great directing, nice character-chemistry, but the storyline still needs a lot of work. I still really like this series, but I’m running out of things to praise it for.

And it’s not like this episode didn’t develop the storyline either: Chinese Waitress Girl got some much-needed depth, and Alphard Side Kick Girl (yeah, I’m too lazy to look up their names) proved herself to be so kickass that she doesn’t need to dry herself after taking a shower because the water seems to just… evaporate apparently(sounds like a bad Chuck Norris joke, doesn’t it?), so kickass that she eats paper (seriously… wtf?) and so kickass that she doesn’t care about the life of her subordinates and just sends them to get killed off. Despite these flaws, I’m interested but you can really see that the storyline is second fodder to the matters that the creators find really important to this show.

My biggest criticism for this series is how it advertised itself, though: “The modern-day story centers on a group of people, from all walks of life, who are brought together in Shanghai by bizarre events with worldwide implications.” That makes it sound like the next Baccano or something, which it clearly isn’t.

Anyway, I can always blog another big budgeted action series. There’s one particular series this season that’s probably never going to appear again after it finishes, and I want to have a shot at it.
Rating: * (Good)

10 Responses

  1. Westlo says:

    I guess the storyline needs flaws like Shangri-la to become interesting…

    “My biggest criticism for this series is how it advertised itself, though: “The modern-day story centers on a group of people, from all walks of life, who are brought together in Shanghai by bizarre events with worldwide implications.” That makes it sound like the next Baccano or something, which it clearly isn’t.”

    That’s the synopsis for 428 which isn’t Canaan…

  2. psgels psgels says:

    “That’s the synopsis for 428 which isn’t Canaan…”
    Ah, so that’s where the misunderstanding comes from. I should have known that information from myanimelist should always be taken with a grain of salt.

    “I guess the storyline needs flaws like Shangri-la to become interesting”
    Not necessarily. There are lots of shows currently airing with great and hardly flawed storylines. Canaan just happens to not be one of them, and I probably would have liked Shangri-La even better if it were without flaws. The thing I like about Shangri-la is not its flaws, but rather that it has enough to offer to make up for these flaws. ;)

  3. ancalyme says:

    You stop blogging exactly the show I dropped for lack of time and interest, lol. This is what I call divine inspiration *laugh*

  4. specracer says:

    So are you going to pick up Spice and Wolf?

  5. TJ says:

    “sounds like a bad Chuck Norris joke, doesn’t it?”

    Liang Qi is like an evil lesbian version of Chuck Norris lol.

    Agreed about the story though. Hasn’t gone very far in 5 episodes.

  6. qwaszx says:

    finally, its been a year and this is the first time i agree with you.

  7. mds says:

    Well,now you’re like dropping new shows too much quickly without even after halfway of it (and almost all the shows you’ve dropped from blogging sadly also dropped from watching so there’s no review for it XP)

    by the way,what’s this another big-budgeted- action-series that woludn’t-reappear-in-nest-season??
    from your monthly summaries,I can only think of Shin Mazinger Z ,and that’s about 18 episodes already…

  8. psgels psgels says:

    mds: oh, don’t worry. I have all the intentions to finish Canaan.

    And the series I intend to blog instead of this one is in no way big budgetted or action. I meant that instead of blogging such a show that you can find in every season, there is one particular series that’s completely different and that’s probably never going to appear again after this season. And that’s the one I want to have a shot at.

  9. brownrice says:

    well yeah i agree with you on canaan. it doesnt really make me stick to it, but ill make sure to read ur review on it wen its done!

    btw, will you be blogging Bakemonogatari?

  10. Typewriter says:

    “That’s the synopsis for 428 which isn’t Canaan…”

    Er. 428 takes place exclusively in Shibuya, which is not even near Shanghai.

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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:25 PM)
    Altogether there is no good explanation as to why Berserk has been on the fringes for the last 20 years. The silver lining is that it looks like things are picking up for the franchise- with a new series, two new games and frequent manga releases- so here’s hoping we get a much bigger budget for the next cour, and god willing maybe even a studio change. And I’m getting greedy, but gimme that From Software Berserk game! That would be an instant cash mine.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:18 PM)
    @Vyse: I was actually thinking of that, and the dark mature content is definitely a factor. Yet looking at what’s trending at the moment, with AoT and Kabaneri, it seems that the more violent stuff are bankable now. And it’s not like anime is stranger to adapting material that hasn’t finished yet. So I’m guessing that Miura is hard to work with probably, and maybe he’s tight about giving studios the license.
  • Rusty
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:16 PM)
    I like it better when animes are different then the manga because normally i know how everything will end after reading the manga.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:07 PM)
    And I’m more than open for an anime to do things a bit differently from the source, I mean look at the new berserk they included an action scene that wasn’t in the manga, I liked that.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:59 PM)
    @Mike: Makoto Takahashi! Makoto Takahashi! I know who he is, I spent a while looking at his art, best example of good oldschool shoujo style. He also is credited with kickstarting the shoujo-ai genre I think…
    @Bam: flowers of evil both improved on and took away from its source material.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:16 PM)
    Furthermore, it’s not as if Berserk is so special by itself that a decent adaptation is automatically impossible. You’re watching one right now. If you think otherwise than it boils down to personal preference.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:13 PM)
    @Vyse It’s obviously not trying to cater to children, the studio knows its audience. I wouldn’t automatically assume that just because it’s an anime adaptation that it’s an attempt to please everyone.
  • VyseLegendaire
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:45 PM)
    Because the story is so dark and so violent, its hard to cater to a middle ground audience that includes kids or maybe even adolescents.
  • VyseLegendaire
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:45 PM)
    Hey Bam, the reason for Berserk’s neglect is how unadaptable it is to other media. As a manga it stands as a monolith. but the thematic and graphical content -as well as the long and rather convoluted presentation – don’t lend well to either anime or games.
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:58 PM)
    Yeah, you could even easily do a spin of series in the berserk universe, it’s that well thought out unique and huge. I dreamt myself continously into that world – mostly because of it’s bright, shimmering side, which aren’t mentioned that often because of it’s ultra dark counterpart.

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